4 tips for autumn photography

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As the temperature gradually drops and the daylight decreases. The green hues steadily disappear, as leaves visibly turn orange and yellow. The autumnal colours and changing of the weather should leave you inspired to take on photography projects during the nippy season.

1. Still life

Still life photography can be practised at all levels, without the need of professional studio equipment. A single flashgun, a reflector, a tripod and a shed load of inspiration is all you need. Pick a corner of your house and carefully arrange your subjects in the best composition. Choose those that aptly illustrate autumn. for example, a handful of crispy brown leaves, a collection of eye-catching plants, rainbow  fruits, or deep-coloured vegetables. Add interest by using a variation of sizes, colours and textures.

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2. Patterns and textures

Autumn’s stunning vistas may tempt you in to taking wide-angled shots. However, beauty can also be found in details.

As you walk down a path, look down. The ground is embellished with vibrant, textured leaves and decaying petals. Get closer and also keep a lookout for blooming berries and wild mushrooms. Macros shot are perfect for this sort of environment. A telephoto lens is ideal for zooming into miniature scenes to create intriguing, fairy-tale images. Focus on an individual subject, isolate it and blur out the background. This photographic effect can be achieved with a wider aperture.

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Alternatively, create fascinating abstracts by closely capturing the textures of tree trunks and back-lit patterns of leaves. Look for ice motifs in puddles and frost crystals on plants.

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3. Landscapes

Majestic sunsets and warm pigmented vistas are only a couple of reasons for you to take camera out for a walk.

Good lighting means good photography. Plan your time well to make the most of the short given daylight. In the mornings, and depending on the day, you may find the wind is a lot calmer than the afternoons. The early hours are great for visiting lakes and ponds to capture the water’s still, reflective surface.  Or take walks by streams and rivers to catch day break mists, before the fog dissipates.

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It’s also that time of the year where you can take advantage of back lighting, without over-exposure. Shoot through forests or open landscape directly facing the sun. Capture the magical atmosphere the sun creates as it lowers behind the horizon.

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4. Composition

Photographic walks through paths surrounded by rich autumnal foliage and trees are great for balanced compositions. Compose your image with leading lines to guide the eye through the scene. Shooting straight paths with a wide-angled lens creates merging lines, which can be interesting and predictable.

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However, curved roads offer the eye a gentler guidance. The paths leading out of the frame add a little mystery to the final shot.

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